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J&K: Foreign militant among two terrorists killed in encounter with security forces in Sopore

By India Today

Two Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terrorists, including a foreign militant, were killed in an encounter with security forces in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir. The encounter took place on Tuesday in North Kashmir’s Sopore area.

According to a police official, following information about the presence of some militants in the area, the security forces had launched a cordon-and-search operation at Nathipora area of North Kashmir’s Sopore. The search operation turned into an encounter when the militants opened fire on the security forces.

The security forces retaliated to the attack and the two militants were killed in the operation.

The two slain militants have been identified as local militant Waseem Ahmad and foreign terrorist Hamas alias Asrar alias Saria. Waseem Ahmad was working as terrorist associate till the date he went missing and joined proscribed terror outfit LeT.

As per police records, Hamas alias Asrar had been active in North Kashmir since March 2018 and was among the list of top 60 terrorists released by J&K Police recently. He was instrumental in misguiding youths to join terrorist folds.

IGP Kashmir in a statement said that Hamas alias Asrar alias Saria was also involved in killing of two municipal councilors and a policeman on March 29.

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